DIYRE

Colour 500-Series Palette mkII

$150.00

Add three stages of real analog color to your setup in a single 500-series slot.

Revamped Controls. Dial in exactly the signal path you want with individual drive/trim knobs and bypass switches for each Colour. 21-position stepped controls make stereo matching and recall easy.

Still Radically Affordable. Despite featuring new controls, an upgraded signal path, and aluminum knobs (formerly a premium upgrade), the Palette mkII still comes in at an unbelievable price point.

Even DIY Friendlier. The Palette mkII is a painstakingly thought out and documented kit. Over the last few years, we've seen seen every possible snag a DIY project can hit, and built every way we can think of to prevent those snags into this kit.

Full Features List

  • 3 Colour sockets. Colour modules are sold separately. Browse our ever-broadening Colour spectrum.
  • Individual knobs and switches for each Colour
  • Master output trim/boost control
  • 21-position detented potentiometers for stereo matching and recall
  • Anodized aluminum knobs (previously an upgrade, now stock!)
  • Customize your signal chain by swapping Colours' positions
  • Ultra-transparent signal path when Colours are bypassed
  • Electronically balanced, line-level inputs and outputs
  • RGB indicator LEDs automatically light up to the hue of the Colours installed
  • Compatible with the 500-series format
  • Kit includes every part need to complete the Palette

What the Pros are Saying

"The Colour system is a fascinating example of what can be done with analogue electronics, and produces some great textures. If you have a 500-series with space for another module or two, this is a no-brainer."

-Mike Hillier
MusicTech.net

"I can't say enough good things about Colour. This product embodies everything Tape Op is about. It's rooted in DIY; it sounds good; and it's inexpensive, novel, fun, and wide open for experimentation. Right on."

-Scott Evans
TapeOp Magazine #107

"...the whole concept and execution works brilliantly: DIYRE’s Colour platform is a great way to add a little analogue character to your setup, or to dip those first tentative toes into the world of DIY."

-Matt Houghton
Sound on Sound Magazine

Signal Path

The balanced, line-level input signal is received via a THAT Corp. 1256 integrated circuit. From there, the signal passes through each Colour stage in series.

Each Colour stage includes a bypass switch and combined drive/trim control. The drive/trim control is a dual potentiometer that controls both a drive amplifier before the Colour and corresponding attenuator after the Colour. The result is that the Colour's intensity increases/decreases while the net gain remains the same.

The Colour stages are followed by a master output trim/boost control and bypass switch. Finally, the output signal is balanced via a THAT Corp. 1646 line driver IC.

Specifications

Input Impedance 24kΩ 
Output Impedance 50Ω
Colour Controls Gain Range 0-18dB
Output Control Gain Range +/-6dB
Max Input Level 27.5dBu
Power Supply Voltage +/-16VDC
Power Supply Current 140mA
Chassis Requirements Compatible with any 500-series rack
Nominal Operating Level +4dBu

Customer Reviews

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Craig McCray
My 2 Colour 500-Series Palette mkII

They Turn out Awesome!!!! After I Finish it
My first time soldering something Just Beautiful !!!!

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Craig McCray
help me

it lit up the first time but no music was coming through
now want light at all
please help to trouble shot it

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Lasse Storgaard Jacobsen
Love the Colour 500 series palette

Fun kit to build. Easy to follow the instructions. I would very much like to order another one if I could choose another shipping company.

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jams j.
well built. could use a few, critical elements.

there are 2 things i bought. one is the 500 module, and the other is the color card. i like the build quality and the idea very much. but the minimum setting on the module is too high. this might be helped if there was a “blend” knob, to reduce at least the amount of effect on the overall sound. i may try a different value pot in the unit to allow for a more subtle effect when turned all the way down, as i only really find it useful at the minimum setting. sounds like i’m complaining, but i like the unit. i just feel like it could be greatly improved by allowing for more subtle uses.

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rich daring
killer

love this. great little chefs kiss for your chain.

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